Friday, March 20, 2015

To suspend or not to suspend

The date on this blog post says March 20, but I'm writing this on March 21, the birthday of Sir George Binay, our professor in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and now dean of the School of Multidisciplinary Affairs at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. Dean George is a nephew to Vice President Jejomar Binay and cousin to Senator Nancy Binay, Representative Abigail Binay, and Mayor Junjun Binay.

I vote in Makati City. My barangay is Southside. Even after we moved to Western Bicutan, Taguig, I still vote in Makati. I have voted for the Binay family in every election because I have seen how good Makati is compared to other cities. While the Binay family is a political dynasty, I have always believed that this is all right because the family members are educated, experienced, and popular. This was before 2014.

In 2014, we learned that the Makati City Parking Building costs a lot and that the Binay family allegedly owns a big parcel of land in Batangas. The previous vice mayor, Ernesto Mercado, has alleged that he used to give the Binay family bags and sacks of money. Another former Makati local government official said that they used to rig the elevators so that bidders to Makati City projects would not come on time because they have already agreed on a building contractor.

The Senate has sought to investigate the Binay family, but the members refused to attend and Mayor Junjun Binay was even cited in contempt. The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of the mayor because of these corruption allegations. However, the mayor sought a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals and got it. Meanwhile, the vice mayor, Kid Peña, was sworn in the meantime. So there are now two mayors of Makati.

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